Everyone speeds a little bit, but not everyone gets pulled over. So how can you avoid getting a speeding ticket without driving like grandma? There are a lot of tips, tricks, and techniques drivers can use to avoid getting a speeding ticket.
First, almost officers will not pull you over if you are going less than 10 m.p.h. over the posted speed limit. In certain areas, officers will not pull someone over until they are going at least 20 m.p.h. over the posted speed limit. Even Google’s self-driving car is programmed to drive above the speed limit.
Before we gone on, it is important to know the different kinds of speed limit laws. Most states have what is known as an absolute speed limit. This means if you are going above the posted speed limit then you are in violation. In California and Texas there is what is known as prima facie speed limit which roughly translates as “first appearance.” Prima facie speed limit means you may drive as fast as you like as long as you are going safe for conditions. If an officer cites you for driving 15 M.P.H. over the speed limit, but it is a clear day with no one else on the road, you could argue that you were driving safe for the road conditions and thus, not in violation. The final type is basic speed limit. All states have a basic speed limit that says you may not drive at an unsafe speed for road conditions. Even if you are driving 5 M.P.H. below the absolute speed limit, if it is icy and there is low visibility, you could be cited for violating the basic speed limit. This type of speeding is typically issued after an accident occurs.
There are many techniques to avoid getting a ticket. Many boil down to driving safely, even if you are driving above the speed limit. Here is a quick list of our best tips and tricks for avoiding a speeding ticket.
Above all else, drive safely for the road conditions at all times. Police give speeding tickets to keep us all safe.